25 Nov 2021

Situated in the south of Paris, the Golf de Val-Grand golf club have appointed Faldo Design to undertake a comprehensive redesign of its ageing golf course. Previously known as the Bondoufle golf course, Val-Grand opened in 1991 and was designed by local Frenchman Michel Gayon.

The redevelopment project will be the first in France for Sir Nick Faldo’s company, and is expected to begin in mid-2022 and be fully grown-in and open for play by the start of the 2024 golf season.

Work will include the rebuilding of all 18 greens to USGA specifications, the redesign and reconstruction of every bunker on the course and the enhancement of various lakes to make them more attractive and a greater strategic feature of the layout.

In announcing the appointment, the owner of Golf de Val-Grand Robert Delin stated that, “The collaboration with Faldo Design is very exciting for Val-Grand and the project that we are undertaking. Inviting a true legend of the game to share his knowledge and visions with us is a privilege, and we are inspired by the plans and vision of what we can achieve together over the coming years.”

Throughout the venue we want to connect with the local community and build a fantastic space for our members to enjoy, and our work with the Faldo Design team will undoubtedly help us to take this experience to the next level, both on and off the golf course.”

Beyond redesigning the main golf course, Faldo Design have also been engaged to reimagine the club’s practice facility and add a nine-hole par three course.

Sir Nick Faldo said of the engagement, “We are extremely excited for the potential of the golf course and the venue as a whole for golfers of all abilities to enjoy, learn and relax.”

The site here is unique,” added Faldo, “with threads of all playing surfaces introduced throughout the routing. The conifer trees almost create a heathland vibe, whilst the lakes and greenery feel more parkland. With the new and rippling fairways, the uneven stances will even be reminiscent of links golf. This variety, so close to Paris, I believe, will create a great course where people can enjoy their golf and also the wider facilities here with the planned investment and ambitions from the owners too. Following a fantastic 2018 Ryder Cup here, we know the passion of the French golfing community is vibrant and growing, and we look forward to celebrating alongside them ahead of the Paris Olympics come 2024.”

 

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